Many people want to have a garden of their own, but don’t have a lot of garden space like a “dream garden” has. Even if you have such, the weather sometimes just doesn’t work out. So, what should you do then? This is the best time to go for an indoor vegetable garden!
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That’s a really cool thing, by the way! With indoor vegetable gardening, you’ll no longer worry about the weather. No matter what growing season it is, the fresh vegetables you wanted are not impossible. Plus, it will turn into a great hobby, especially those who feel bored whenever they are home more than a few hours. You don’t need a lot of money or time for this kind of activity! The only things you need are a caring attitude, and a little patience! Ok, and some dirt and/or water.
The well-known vegetables that thrive indoors are miniature cabbage, tomatoes, and certain types of carrots, peepers and lettuce.
To be able to make a successful indoor vegetable gardening, let’s get down to the list of things required, other than a caring attitude and patience.
- The basic essential for houseplants are containers or planters. Containers, like a simple old cans, or a plastic bin work. You know, items that can be found in your house, and be creative. But, a ready-made pot can be bought in the market can also be used. In fact, you can recycle any the empty containers in your home.
- Keep in mind that each container should have some holes to allow excess water to drain. You can use any sharp tools to make holes in your container. You should make holes at the sides and bottom part. But don’t forget to put a tray or something under it to catch the water. This is where self watering planters come in handy.
- The type of the soil that you will use for indoor vegetable gardening should match the specific vegetable’s needs that you are growing. Not a big deal, just know what your vegetable likes. But for the most part, your plant will thrive in well drained soil with a little compost mixed in with it.
- Either you yourself should mix the soil, or buy one from the store. The only thing you should remember is that the soil should drain well and be light in weight. Clay soil is not recommended because it does not drain properly, aside from that, it is very heavy. Professionals suggest having a mixture of soil, mulch, and sand for beneficial results. Once again, soil used in a garden is not suggested. So, don’t go out to the yard, and throw soil in your container.
- It’s not a big deal to put the soil into a container. Just don’t pack it down too much. Packed soil will mess up the development of roots. There should be some space left at the top of the container, so you can water without spilling it everywhere.
- How would you select seedlings for indoor vegetable gardening? If you wanted to do everything from the start, seeds would be a good choice. Grow what you like to eat, and what grows well indoors.
- Like other outdoor growing plants, houseplants also need to be watered. Keep in mind that the the watering amount should be on target, and not too much or not enough. When it comes to watering your indoor vegetable garden, keep an eye on the container. You want to keep the soil moist, without overwatering.
- The big selling point of indoor vegetable gardening, other than getting around the weather, is less weeding, if any, and less garden pests to worry about. With reducing outside elements, you control a lot more of the growing conditions. You can grow a lot of vegetables successfully with indoor gardening.